Hocus Pocus | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Hocus PocusHocus Pocus

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A toast to weeds, rays, and summer haze. It was a light, crisp ale for mowing lawns, hitting lazy fly balls and communing with nature, Hocus Pocus was offered up as a summer sacrifice to cloudless days. Its malty sweetness finished tart and crisp and was best appreciated with a wedge of orange.

13 IBU

Added by purplehops on 01-02-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.77/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: copper; clear; nice foamy head; great carb action, fantastic lacing
S: sweet, malty aroma; s'ok I guess
T: solid wheat beer, with a tinny aftertaste; hints of lemon; the wheat is strong; not much in the way of hops; semisweet; not very complex

Eh, so-so beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of lemons and wheat in the nose; this combination has some semblance to lemongrass.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of lemon citrus and wheat along with some hints of apricots. It’s not sweet, but only a hint of hop bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and makes for a good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very pale yellow, like a chardonnay with a hell of a lot of carbonation bubbles racing up to feed the finger-width head of fluffy white bubbles. Lacing is dry and sheet-like on the glass. The beer smells wet, fresh, and sweet with some light hop-spice and citrus accentuations and a ghost of biscuity malt behind it. The beer tastes bitterly wheat-like with some nice citrus accentuations. The flavor reminds me a lot of A Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale by Laguinitas, only not as tasty… There are some nice Cascade hop notes in the taste and an astringent bitter on the tongue. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, like a nice summer ale with a little bit of an acidic bite from the carbonation. The mouth is left wet with saliva and a slight bitter burn on the tongue. Overall this is a nice example of the style, though I can’t say it is my favorite. The bitter is a little too present without a hop character to tenderize it out on the tongue. This beer is mediocre but worth a try.

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Photo of Tone
3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, golden/straw color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of slight wheat, slight yeast, strong pale malt, hint of hop, slight earthy malt, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, slight sweet malt, pale malt, and a hint of hops. Overall, average body aroma, but good feel and blend.

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Photo of Shaw
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle supplied by the brewery.

A clear (even after swirling the bottle) pale yellow in color with a white head that quickly turns into a layer of foam.

Nice aroma of spice, though I'm not sure there's any in this beer.

Not impressed with the first sip. Vegetable notes with some citrus peel. I see the alcohol level is 4.5 percent, which helps explain the lightness of this beer. I don't have any problems with lower-alcohol beers, but I'd like them to have more flavor than this.

Crisp and fizzy body.

They said they haven't brewed this since 2008. I think it may have been prematurely resurrected.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours yellow. Pale. Lightly illuminated. Head is off-white and foamy. Leaves light lacing.

S-Light nose. Wheaty and yeasty. A tad bit grassy. Smells a bit watery. Light breadiness.

T-AKin to the nose. Wheat, yeast, mellow spice. An apple flavor. White bread. Minutely grassy.

M-Easy drinking and bubbly with a watery body. Crisp enough to warrant a quick kill via my tasting glass.

O/D-A bland one. Has its high points but it is far from memorable. Just another brew by Magic Hat.

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Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a nice, grainy/citrus smell, as if a small wedge of lemon had been squeezed over toasted wheat. The nose also speaks of light hops, as there's a hint of flowery bitterness. Much, in fact, light a Corona, but stronger and evidential of better ingredients.

On the tongue, the citrus flavors come out strong and immediate, bringing orange and lemon/lime notes that mix nicely with the grapefruity hops. The hops, though present, don't add a great deal of bitterness, instead providing just the right amount of background bitter fuzz. All of this lies over a base of Grape Nuts cereal-like grains that becomes increasingly strong in the latter half of the mouthful as the citrus flavors fade out.

Overall, this is a solid summer ale, providing just the right amount of light, airy fare that you crave on hot days, but not sacrificing flavor or quality in the process. If you're a fan of Corona, I recommend this as a step up--and you won't even have to add the wedge of lime.

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Photo of jcurtis55
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I’ve not been a big fan of wheat beers, but this one is mild enough I found it easy to drink. It started with a couple of fingers of head, but lost the head fairly quickly. A light gold color and fairly clear for a wheat, although there is a bit of cloudiness to it. Mild aroma of wheat with a bit of hops citrus. The mouthfeel is pretty light but the taste was better than the aroma led me to believe it would be. Aftertaste is bitterness.This will never be confused with the bigger heavier beers, but when you’re in the mood for something other than a heavy beer, this works. This might also make a nice gateway beer into the world of craft beers.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got some of this before it was put to death by the brewery. The beer poured as a clean clear yellow colored beer. The head was a little fizzy and white. The smell of the beer had some nice suble wheat aromas with a light honey sweetness to it. The taste of the beer was light and refreshing. Just a touch of sweet honey with some malted wheat. The hops were kept to a minimal amount in this one. The mouthfeel was perfect for a summer brew. Overall I wasn't overly sad to see this beer retired but I know several people who were pretty pissed about it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a very hazy and cloudy amber color, somewhat tinted yellow but actually a decent orange color surounding it. A small white head formed on the top maybe one finger high and quickly dropped down to the surface leaving behind only a trace.

S - Lots of light wheat aromas coming off of this one. thee is a definite hint of hops in there as well with a light lemon sort of smell sitting around in the back. Light grass and some yeast aromas as well.

T - Wow, I was really not expecting that one. Very musky with a much darker flavor then I wold have expected. Lots of grain in this one with a good deal of wheat coming through. Almost has that weird macro corn flavor as well, very strange. Finish is very dry with a nice bitter hoppy finish and a long drawn out flavor of bitter tangerine like.

M - Very smooth and creamy with a somewhat heavier feel then I thought it would have had. It has some nice carbonaton hanging around and lasting, but it did suffer from a bit of the slickness problems you tend to see.

D - A great session beer with almost no alcohol in it you could easily throw down multiples of this with no problem at all. I could see myself having two or three while I mow the lawn with no problem at all.

Overall not bad. I was really not the biggest fan of this one, but to be honest I have had much worse. This was definitly a quality beer and something that I would probably not buy again, but would not snub my nose at it either.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured a really light yellow color with a bit of a white head and some clearly visible carbonation. The nose is some light citrus along with quite a bit of grain. The taste is grainy and has some light lemon notes. Light and crisp, this was a pretty good summer brew.

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Photo of kshankar
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Never got around to reviewing this one..had it this past summer, so here are the thoughts I wrote down back then..

Pours hazy and gold, with decent foam.

Typical citrus, wheat, yeast and lemon scent. Tastes tart, citrusy and some wheat is there.

Light, somewhat refreshing, but doesn't stand out in comparison to other summer wheat beers.

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Photo of Pleepleus
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.
Poured from bottle to pint glass a hazy straw color with a frothy white head that diminished to minimal lacing. It has a mild lemony sweet honey aroma. The taste is a mild wheat flavor with hints of lemon. Feel is clean and very drinkable this is a respectable summer session beer.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap while at the brewery for tour. The aroma was light but you could notice certain scents. Bitter citrus like grapefruit and grainy malt aromas. Nice transparent yellow color with good head and lace. It has a balanced sweet and sour taste. Equal parts fruit and malt like flavor. The body is thin and easy to drink.

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Photo of imagineiii
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the brewery today. As its been discontinued, they were pouring it as a flashback brew. (note: this is a new batch, however)

Poured into a pint tumbler. 2-3 fingers of fluffy, airy head. great retention and lace. pale yellow in color and with limited carbonation

smells are subdued but present. grass, some honey sweetness.

flavors, like the smell, are not big, but theyre there. tart honey and alcohol on the sides of the tongue. hoppier than i remember, dry finish from a fair amount of grassy hops.

mouthfeel is light, smooth, but slightly syrupy from the honey.

it is a great summer drink. alot better than i remember primarily because hops are MUCH more present in the beer. beer isnt big in the flavor department but it is very well balanced. a little disappointed that it wont be around anymore.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was pretty good for a summer ale. I had it as a flashback beer at Magic Hats grand reopening. It was quite light and smooth, and it had a very good head on it. There were a few fruity flavors in the back that came out, although overall I think it wasn't too exciting.

This would be a great beer to drink out at the beach on a warm day, but unfortunately I don't think it's coming back again for a while.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.54/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Magic Hat Hocus Pocus is a very sparkling, pale straw-colored beer with a thin white film of a head. The aroma is muted, warm, grassy and a bit resiny. It is light bodied, prickly, a little watery and the finish is a touch gritty. There is not much bitterness. There is maybe a touch of fruit like peach or apple. It is grainy and the grain seems to be straight wheat. There's not too much there. This beer was meant to be slammed at very low temperatures.
(rated May 29, 2008)

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Photo of kenito799
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pale gold-amber with vigoruos white head that recedes to a ring; the initial head leaves quite beautiful lacing.

Aroma has Very pleasingly subtle, spicy, lemony twang. Flavor pretty much carries this theme through...palate-tingling, lemony/sour edge, rereshing, fresh. A very good example of an American wheat beer. The best Magic Hat offering I hae tried to date--I was not hopeful after the awful Lucky Kat, this beer is thankfully much better.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hocus Pocus pours a hazy light gold/straw color with a thin white head that sticks around for a bit.

Aromas present are citruisy lemon, wheaty malt, yeast. Overall the dominant smell is a pretty citric fruit character.

The taste is really crisp with a mild sweetness and almost tart like character. The body is light with plenty of carbonation to keep this refreshing. This makes for a great thirst quenching quaffable beer, whether its summer or early October (summer beers are on special!)

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Photo of CrellMoset
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle leftover from a fundraiser I recently helped put on. Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal-clear light straw yellow with a one-and-a-half-finger foamy white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin sheet of white lacing (that I feel won't last long).

Aroma: Pale, faint, sweet and wheaty, citrusy - more lemony than orange, which is always something I don't care for too much - and by and large crisp and clean.

Taste: Huge step down from the nose. This one's thin, grainy, shallow, has too much tart lemon zest, and not enough balancing spice or yeasty notes.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel, on the other hand, is nice, if perhaps a little full. Very crisp and full but still even, smooth, and creamy. Nice balancing act.

Drinkability: Not going to be a summer go-to beer for me. This one just doesn't have too much going on - it's crisp and tart and refreshing, but it's pretty boring, in my opinion. Not recommended.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 12'er of this for $11.99.

I had this beer throughout the summer and it never disappointed me. It's easily drinkable, light bodied, highly carbonated, and has a great lemon zest of flavor. It's also low ABV which helps because you can easily knock back a bunch of these.. a very easy drinker.

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Photo of JayQue
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a big bubbly white head. The head fades fast to a ring around the glass. Leaves light lacing on the glass.

Malty aroma with a little lemon.

Tastes pretty good. Didn't taste much wheat, but the wheat smoothness was there. Mostly bready malt with a little citrus. A hint of bitterness in the finish. Everything was very mild...not standout flavors.

Mouthfeel was ok, not too watery. The smoothness is good here.

Good session beer for the summertime. Enough flavor to make it worthwhile and light enough for mass quantities. May not be the best wheat beer in the world, but still an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Off tap at their South Burlington brewery this beer was a slightly hazy gold. White head foamed up quickly and then receded again quickly to a thin ring that remained for the rest of the tasting. The nose was mostly lemon peel and grapefruit with some light hops underneath. The tastes were similar but well rounded, dry citrus up front followed by pale malt and green apples. Medium to light body and medium to high carbonation. Quite sessionable, genuinely refreshing and a good summer beer.

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Photo of mbenthall
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear golden yellow, with light head that settles quickly.

Smell: Lemon citrus with very light notes of malt.

Taste: nice bready taste with fuity lemon at its center. Finished with the same bready quailty.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with medium body and dry finish.

Drinkability: Light and refreshing good summer beer. may not stand out amoung others in the summer series but still a solid, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of tdawgydog
3.89/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at a BBQ the other night. I drank it straight from the bottle so I can't comment on the appearance. I'm a sucker for the "seasonal" ales so I went straight for this when I saw it in the cooler. The smell was refreshing and the taste was much of the same. A little wheat with something sweet that I couldn't place. It is a real smooth beer and if it wasn't for the fact that I had to drive home I could see myself enjoying the entire 6-pack on a lazy summer evening. I might go and try to procure some of this before the fall beers start pushing these off the shelves.

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Hocus Pocus from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.37 out of 5 based on 602 ratings.
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